Devils’ Brian Boyle Jersey wins 2018 Masterton Trophy

Devils forward Brian Boyle won the 2018 Masterton Trophy, which is awarded to the player who best displays perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey.
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Boyle was announced as the winner on Wednesday night at the NHL Awards in Las Vegas. He was voted as the Devils’ nominee for the award in March and became a finalist in April.

Viewed one way, Ryan’s 2017 numbers were fairly representative of his career norms, while his MVP Paul Perkins Authentic Jersey stats are significant outliers. Yet the dropoff was hard to swallow given the offensive personnel from the Super Bowl squad returned virtually intact — and will do so again in 2018 with the notable addition of first rounder Calvin Ridley as the slot receiver.

The obvious explanation for Ryan’s regression was offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan’s departure to San Francisco following the Super Bowl LI implosion. His replacement, Steve Sarkisian, had only one year of NFL coaching experience prior to 2017 and was widely blamed as the reason the league’s highest-scoring offense in 2016 fell to 15th, posting nearly 200 fewer points. However Ryan and Co. previously made a quantum leap from 2015 to 2016, Shanahan’s second year as play caller, and the hope is that continuity under Sarkisian will yield similar results this season — assuming, naturally, that Julio Jones’ offseason absence doesn’t blow any collective progress on the Sark learning curve.

But that doesn’t mean Machado-to-Philadelphia is a done deal. The infield star will almost assuredly hit free agency after the year. He’ll be joined on the market by Nationals slugger Bryce Harper.

The Phillies, after years of rebuilding, resetting and lowering payroll will be waiting with blank checks–possibly for both players.

Yes, one person connected to the Phillies didn’t rule out the team inking both Harper and Machado before the 2019 Bob Gibson Youth Jersey season.

The Phillies’ attractiveness has been questioned before (even by their own people, following their steep fall after their mini dynasty that culminated with their World Series title a decade ago) but likely increased this season with the team’s obvious improvement, and word is team higher-ups-including enthusiastic owner John Middleton, who is now running the show–are determined to improve the team next winter, when the mega market hits MLB. One person with Phillies ties said Machado tops their free-agent wish list, but he wouldn’t rule out a run at both of the two positional superstars-Machado and Bryce Harper-though that would seem like a stretch, even with their big, new, billion-dollar TV deal.

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